U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre announced today that he voted for and the U.S. House passed legislation that would protect North Carolina farmers from potential new federal dust regulations. McIntyre was a co-sponsor of the bill.
Congressman McIntyre stated, "Unnecessary regulations are hampering economic growth, stifling innovation, and costing money. This bill is a positive step forward for our farmers who do not need to be consumed with dust kick up on a farm! That happens every day, and we need our farmers in the field contributing to the food and fiber supply of our nation and world. This is common sense legislation, and it is good for our agriculture community."
H.R. 1633 would prohibit the EPA from issuing any new standard for coarse particulate matter for at least one year from the date of enactment of the legislation. H.R. 1633 would also limit federal regulation of nuisance dust by the EPA to areas in which it is not regulated under state, tribal, or local law, where the nuisance dust causes substantial adverse effects, and the benefits of federal regulation outweigh the costs. Nuisance dust is defined to mean particulate matter that is generated primarily from natural sources, unpaved roads, agricultural activities, earth moving, or other activities typically conducted in rural areas, consists primarily of soil and/or other natural or biological materials, and meets other specific criteria.
Congressman McIntyre is a senior member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee.